IAS interview questions and answers 2015
The Interview round is the final frontier in IAS Exam. The Interview carries 300 marks and has no minimum qualifying marks but it is the deciding factor as your performance in interview decides whether you will be in the service or not. The kind of questions that are asked can either be personal or professional but ultimately it is to test a candidate’s attitude. UPSC interview venue Interview for UPSC is held at UPSC office, Dholpur house in New Delhi. There are multiple panels having 5 or 6 members, headed by the chairperson. Each member in the panel is specialized in different fields. The list of panel members and the time are given to a candidate individually. Things to remember for UPSC Interview 1. A candidate has to fill a detailed application form for UPSC Exam. This detailed filled form will serve as a CV to the panel members. Interview questions asked are pertaining to the information that is filled. For instance- A candidate belongs to Mysore city, the questions that may be asked are-
- Who built KRS?
- Who was the Wodeyar ruler when the British took over?
A candidate has to go through the History of their cities, important developments that has taken place etc. Questions related to the subject of candidate’s specialization in Graduation/Post-Graduation can be asked. For instance- A candidate has specialized in Biotechnology in Post-graduation, the questions that can be posed are-
- Is genetically modified food healthy?
- What are cloning vectors?
2. The interview is to test a candidate’s attitude. The panel asks a few questions which are contradictory but the key is to stick to the same point from the beginning to the end of your interview because few questions do not have a specific answer, it depends on a candidate’s perspective. For instance, a question can be like- You are posted as a District magistrate and you are surveying a Land acquisition case and the state’s Chief Minister personally asks you to not pursue work as that land belongs to his relative. What would you do?’ There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It is to test a candidate’s attitude. The panel can also confuse a candidate by contradicting the answers/replies. If a candidate is inclined towards Ethics, then the panel talks about practicality and if a candidate’s answer is inclined towards ‘being practical’, the panel speaks about Ethics. The key is to stick on with the same answer all the time but do not argue/disagree with the panel. Consider the panel’s remarks/comments and yet stick onto your original reply. 3. Be honest and do not bluff. The panel consists of experienced members who are specialized in various fields. They ask questions to which they already know the answer. If you do not know the answer to a particular question, do not ‘beat around the bush’. 4. The questions asked are to test a candidate’s logical reasoning. When a question is asked, analyze it; take some time to gather your thoughts and then answer. Do not go overboard with your answer. Your reply has to be crisp and relevant. Sometimes questions asked are rapid. All the panel members can direct their questions together which is tough to handle. In such cases, listen intently to all the questions and then start directing your answers to each panel member. A candidate has to make sure to reply with relevance and confidence. For more tips about Interview questions and the way to answer them, contact Byju’s or call at +91-9980837187 for further assistance.